Following our Trick or Treat run with the kids, we passed our younguns' off to the wives and proceeded to The Mercury Lounge in Goleta, CA. A small hidden club (and they like it that way), the theme of the night was Alice In Wonderland. Our pretty host dressed as Alice had decorated the club with cards and scenese from Alice while the Disney flick was shown on one of the walls. A DJ was spinning (okay pressing keys on his laptop) tunes between sets.… Continue
This past Thursday KELP pwas asked by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization to perform for an event called First Thursdays. It's supposed to be an arts and music event held at different locations in the downtown area on State Street. State Street is the "main drag" of SB where all of the best places to eat, shop and get drunk are located. KELP set up on the corner of Anapamu and State in front of a museum and performed for 3 solid hours. We sold 25… Continue
The campus at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA is by far the most beautiful campus setting in the world. Of course, I can only compare it to the college I went to in Brookings, SD ...home of the fighting Jackrabbits. Last night Kelp was asked to play an event at a beach called Depressions - great surf spot that is on the UCSB campus. We loaded our gear on to a 20' flatbed truck which was then driven to the beach. The students made a bonfire on the beach… Continue
For the past 31 years, Santa Barbara has hosted the Christmas Parade on State Street. Pretty much the same fare every year. Marching bands, the mayor waving at the minions, some balloons, kids walking with their youth groups and Santa Clause Trailing behind at the end. Kelp has been putting together some instrumental surf Christmas songs for a couple of years. We add them to the mix when we play shows near Christmas. This year we thought it would be cool to build a float and play in the…Continue
Every year we end up playing at a couple of Halloween parties. Sometimes it's at a club. Occasionally we play for a house party. Unless you know the hosts intimately, you never know what it's going to be like. Sometimes it can be extremely odd.
This happened to be the case this year. We were asked to play a house party about a week ago. The plan was for Kelp to play before a rockabilly band followed by a punk band. There would be over a 100…Continue
Kelp is preparing to go back into the studio to finish the new CD "Hello, Mr. Whaleshark!" Recording will take place at 7 South Studios. We recorded the Clash song "White Riot" a couple years ago for a Clash tribute CD at 7 South. The price is right and it's local. Can't beat that. Here's a list of songs that will appear on the CD so far. They will mean absolutely nothing to those that have note heard them but oh well...
Hello Mr. Whaleshark, Project Plankton, Revenge of the…Continue
This just in...
A DJ from the #1 radio station in Santa Barbara just contacted us and asked us to provide some tracks for a new surfing video. Kelp along with 5 other bands will be featured on the video. That's as much as we can say right now.
Several years ago, Kelp provided tracks for three surfing videos produced by Burnt Toast Productions in Ventura, CA. So this isn't our first stab at this medium.
We'll post more with links to where you can purchase the video when…Continue
Being categorized as a "surf" band allows us to play the occasional festival during the summer. For the second year we have been invited to play the Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival. What could be more fun than carrying your gear across the sand on a hot summer day? Actually, it was a lot of fun. A popular Santa Barbara event, this year had a huge turnout. Kelp opened the day with a 90 minute set mix of classics such as Steel Pier and Jack The Ripper and our own…Continue